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Uncle Alec's Room
A Trip to China
And what came of it
Phebe's Secret
Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
"The Other Fellows"
Cosey Corner
A Happy Birthday
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
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Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
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Chapter 13 - Cosey Corner



Vacation was over, the boys went back to school, and poor Mac 

was left lamenting. He was out of the darkened room now, and 

promoted to blue goggles, through which he took a gloomy view of 

life, as might have been expected; for there was nothing he could 

do but wander about, and try to amuse himself without using his 

eyes. Anyone who has ever been condemned to that sort of 

idleness knows how irksome it is, and can understand the state of 

mind which caused Mac to say to Rose in a desperate tone one day 


"Look here, if you don't invent some new employment or 

amusement for me, I shall knock myself on the head as sure as you 



Rose flew to Uncle Alec for advice, and he ordered both patient 

and nurse to the mountains for a month, with Aunt Jessie and 

Jamie as escort. Pokey and her mother joined the party, and one 

bright September morning six very happy-looking people were 

aboard the express train for Portland two smiling mammas, laden 

with luncheon baskets and wraps; a pretty young girl with a bag of 

books on her arm; a tall thin lad with his hat over his eyes; and two 

small children, who sat with their short legs straight out before 

them, and their chubby faces beaming with the first speechless 

delight of "truly travelling." 


An especially splendid sunset seemed to have been prepared to 

welcome them when, after a long day's journey, they drove into a 

wide, green door-yard, where a white colt, a red cow, two cats, 

four kittens, many hens, and a dozen people, old and young, were 

gaily disporting themselves. Everyone nodded and smiled in the 

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